Croatia

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Dubrovnik in Black and White

Old Town Portal

Old Town Portal

Many of those who follow my photography have an interest in black and white conversions of digital images. The native output of a digital camera is color, enabled by a Bayer filter built into the sensor. What is interesting about black and white conversions is the photographer is able to change the color response of the image after the fact by manipulating color channels prior to mapping those colors to greyscale tones. With film the usual method of accomplishing this task was with colored filters or using film with a different color response. It’s beginning to break down, but there is resistance in the fine art world to digital black and white.

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From the Rooftops

Old Town Keyhole

Old Town Keyhole

One of the most interesting things you can do in Dubrovnik is to walk the wall around Old Town.  They charge a steep $20 to go up there and there is no shortage of takers.  It takes about 1.5 hours to complete the circle while enjoying great views of the area.  The Kayaks were photographed from just outside of Old Town.  The final five photos were taken at locations away from Old Town, several were from my hotel balcony.


Dubrovnik Street Life

Two Girls at the Cathedral

Two Girls at the Cathedral

I was in Dubrovnik for 4 nights and had a lot of time to take photographs there. When I wasn’t looking out over the Adriatic from my hotel room, I was walking around looking for street scenes. My style of travel is to take things slowly. You will never find me in the 9 countries in 14 days mode.  Every time I see an interesting wall the doors and windows remind me of the colored rectangles in a Mondrian painting. The tights the two girls are wearing are typical. They are too thin to be called stretch pants.


Dubrovnik, Old Town

Croatian Claustrophobia

Croatian Claustrophobia

Dubrovnik is situated on hills that meet the Adriatic Sea.  It is famous for its large Old Town.  While the area is ancient, most of the roofs were replaced in the 1990’s after the war which erupted over the break up of Yugoslavia.  Because it is a popular cruise port, Old Town is jammed with tourists and people hawking short boat tours.  A beer will set you back $6, the most expensive in Croatia.  As usual, I give you the not usual in photography.  I even let a monochrome shot slip in this time.

Perhaps what I do with travel photography is an illusion.  I feel I have to throw in a few of the more typical shots just to prove I was there.  The entrance to Old Town appears deserted when it was not.  The harbor area is the best place to just hang out with tour boat traffic for entertainment in addition to people watching.  Of course there was water so I grabbed some abstracts.

This is the first of several posts from Dubrovnik.  Stay tuned.


Two Days on Korcula

 

Red Boat #2

Red Boat #2

From Split I took a ferry to Korcula.  It landed at the wrong end of the island, so I had to take a bus to Korcula town, one of the many preserved old cities in Croatia.  For my trouble I suffered through two days of cold, rainy weather and white skies.  Fortunately, I know how to make those skies look better and water abstracts work with flat lighting.  About half of the restaurants on the island do not take credit cards, so you will need to be visiting the well stocked ATM’s for Kruna. The entire Croatia trip is here: https://ronscubadiver.wordpress.com/category/croatia/

 


Split, Croatia Scenes

Mystery Mirror

Mystery Mirror

My wanderings took me up the hill above Split to visit the Jewish Cemetery.  Nobody has been interred there in about a century. I returned past the harbor and wandered through the claustrophobic alleys of old town.


Split, Croatia Street Shots

Split Harbor at Night

Split Harbor at Night

Split is a coastal city in Croatia.  Because of its old town featuring Byzantine architecture, Split gets a lot of tourist visits.  My hotel was in old town and about a block away from the waterfront, making for a perfect location.  Most of the dining in Split is in outdoor cafes, which unfortunately, are on the smokey side.  Traditionally street photography has been presented in black and white.  This trip, I have been shooting almost entirely in color.  Digital cameras capture in color by default, and I have been happy with the results my Nikon D800 is providing with its 36 MP sensor.  It is possible that I may do a selection in monochrome after all the color images are published.